How to find the Quaker Meeting House

How to find the Quaker Meeting House

Monday, 10 November 2014

Free Lessons and Practica: 12 November - 10 December 2014

We will be holding a FREE tango practice session (practica) every Wednesday from this week (12th November) onwards.
Date(s): Wednesdays up to and including 10 December 2014
Time: 5-7pm
Venue: Rehearsal Room 3, Parry Williams Building (next to RR2, where we were during the 4 week course with Paul).
The building is on the Penglais Campus of Aberystwyth University, in the Theatre, Film and Television Studies (TFTS) Department.
For further information, please contact Lara at
It would be good to see all those who attended the course with Paul, to refresh and improve the steps and information that was passed to us, and also to practice a bit of dancing. Newcomers are also welcome to join the group.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Exciting news--and changing of the guard...

Dear all
First of all the exciting news. We are in the process of organising our first Milonga in conjunction with Aberystwyth Arts Centre. It will be held on Friday 13 February 2015, in the round Studio next to the bar on the top floor of the Arts Centre. Do put the date in your diary, and spread the word. Tickets will be available at £6 from the Arts Centre box office. The studio is a fabulous space, with a wonderful floor, and traditional music will be provided by Paul Holland.

Eight years ago Steve Wade, who founded AberTango along with Andrew, passed the key on to me.  The time has come for me to pass it on in my turn, and Marco Odello has kindly agree to take over with support from Karoline Gritzner.  They will be in touch with everyone shortly about forthcoming events.

Many thanks for all your support: Linda and Wayne for being part of the club all the way through; other regulars across the years, too numerous to list, but whose support was invaluable in keeping the group alive and thriving; Felix and Isabel for their work as our resident teachers; Paul and Lara for recent classes and workshops; and most of all Steve Wade for turning up every week and keeping us sane--and for his wonderful dancing!


Monday, 6 October 2014

October Milonga in Aberystwyth

Exciting news:  we have an October Milonga in Aberystwyth on Saturday 25 October, 5pm to 9pm, £5 for dancers, £2 for non-dancers, drinks and snacks provided.  It takes place in the Foundry Studio, Parry Williams Building, Aberystwyth University SY23 3AJ [see].

Please spread the word, and come and support this event, which we hope will be the first of many!!  You can download a copy of our poster here.

Monday, 1 September 2014

October Weekly Classes with Paul Holland

Paul Holland is running a series of classes on Saturdays in Aberystwyth in October.  Lara is organising them and she is now taking bookings. Places are limited, so contact her asap and by October 1st at the latest at or First come, first served!

Dates: Saturdays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th October 2014
Times: 1-5pm
Venue: Rehearsal Room 2, Parry Williams Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University
Cost: £8 per single session or all four for £25.

Open to all, whether you've been dancing for a while or have never done it before. Salon style Argetine Tango with lessons on posture, embrace, step combinations and musicality. No dance partner needed to participate. Lara suggests that you bring: clothes you can move in well; shoes with smooth soles so you can slide your feet; bottled water; exact change, either for the single session, or for the 4-week course. 

I will post more information about the Wednesday Practicas soon too.
Best wishes

Monday, 19 May 2014

Tango break

Dear all
We have arrived at the time of year when members of Abertango migrate to warmer climes for the summer or leave Aber for a well deserved vacation, so we are taking a break from tango for the present--there will be no further practicas in Penparcau for the moment. I do hope to see people at other events during the summer. There are classes with Paul continuing on Penglais campus (I think the next may be in June): do join these if you haven't already.  There are wonderful milongas (and classes) in Cardiff ( and Swansea (, as well as Hereford and Bristol, and events such as Tango Feast ( and Tango Tank ( so there are plenty of opportunities to continue dancing.
Best wishes

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Tango News April/May

Dear all
First the bad news:  I'm afraid there will be no Practica on Wednesday 30 April.  Now the good: On 7 May, we will be having dinner at Casablanca.  If you'd like to join us, see the post below and contact Linda to book: Our Practicas in Penparcau will be back on 14 and 21 May, and there is a milonga at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff on Saturday 10 May 7.30-midnight (, a tea dance in Swansea on Sunday 11 May 4-8pm ( and a class on campus with Paul planned for 17 May--so plenty to look forward to before the summer!!
Best wishes

Dinner at Casablanca followed by Tango - 7th May‏

Dear all,
Instead of the usual practica at the Quaker Hall on Wednesday 7th May,  there is the opportunity of booking a meal at Casablanca, Aberystwyth with members of Aberystwyth Tango group.  We have permission from the owner to dance after dinner at Casablanca providing the restaurant is not too full.  If it is not convenient to dance at Casablanca we will go back to the Quaker hall later in the evening to  tango. Ladies please bring a partner if you can as they are in short supply!

Casablanca serves Turkish food and you can bring your own bottle.  If you wish to reserve places, please contact Linda Hodson:  by Saturday 3rd May at the latest.

Please note that the Quaker Hall will not be opening for a general practica on 7th May.  Members may be returning there late in the evening to continue dancing, but this cannot be guaranteed.  
The next practica at Penparcau is tomorrow, 23rd April in the Quaker hall as usual.  We look forward to seeing you there and hope you will email Linda to arrange a table at Casablanca for dinner and a Tango.   
Best wishes

Monday, 14 April 2014

Tango on Wednesdays!!

Hi everyone
We have our usual Practica in Penparcau at 8pm - 11pm on Wednesday this week and every week (unless we have to cancel, in which case I will email round). Practica is tangoese for 'practice', so no class or lessons but plenty of opportunity to practice and just to dance. Bring a partner if possible, but if not, come along anyway. No need to dress up, but slippy shoes are a good idea as always. If you have just begun lessons, this is an ideal opportunity to try out what you've learned, and to watch more experienced dancers.  Everyone welcome!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

No practica 26 March

Hi everyone
I'm afraid there will be no practica on 26 March--we are away dancing in foreign parts!  Back on 2 April. See post below for information about class on Saturday 29 March.
Best wishes

Tango class with Paul Holland

Dear all,
Another great opportunity for those interested in Argentine Tango: Paul Holland is coming up from Swansea again to give a class at the TFTS Department (Parry Williams Building, Rehearsal Room 1; this is downstairs, a floor below last time's studio, but I'll be checking the foyer intermittently before we start in case anyone gets lost) on March the 29th, 1-4pm.
The fee is £5 per person, please bring exact change. This is the first in a series of classes that cater to all levels of experience. You don't need to have a partner to participate. Please note your interest to me (  by midday on March 28th at the latest. I hope to see many of you there.
All the best,

Friday, 28 February 2014

AberTango Workshop Saturday 1 March

Hi everyone
We now have details of the workshop on Saturday 1 March with Paul Holland. It will be on the University’s Penglais Campus in Rehearsal Room 2, in Theatre Film and Television Studies (Parry Williams) Building, from 1-3pm, maybe with a short Practica at the end. Lara Kipp will meet people in the foyer of the building. See map at Admission free and the workshop is suitable for all levels. If you haven't been in touch with me yet to register your interest, please email Lara at asap so that she can put your name down.
Look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Two weeks off: Back on 26 February

Dear all
We had to cancel our tango yesterday, and I hope you all survived the storms:  it was quite something! I'm afraid there will be no tango on the 19 February either, but we will be back the following week, 26 February.  Looking forward to seeing you all then!
Best wishes

Linda, Wayne, Keith, Roy, Isabel, Kerry, Felix,Steve, Jenny


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